Can we stop natural disasters?

In 2017, there were 10,000 deaths due to natural disasters. But could science help us prevent these catastrophes before they happen?

27th April 2018
Can we stop natural disasters? © Alamy/Getty

Although earthquakes, volcanoes and hurricanes are just natural processes in the workings of planet Earth, they become catastrophic when they impact on humans, and it seems that nearly every month we hear of a new natural disaster threatening our way of life, our homes and potentially our very existence.   

We have come a long way in the last century when it comes to predicting and mitigating the effects of these natural disasters, but is there anything we can do to stop them happening altogether? We sent Prof Bill McGuire, a professor of geophysical and climate hazards at University College London and author of Waking The Giant, to find out.

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How to stop a volcano © Getty Images


How to stop a hurricane  © AlamyHow to stop an earthquake © Getty Images


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